MATTHEW HAKKARAINEN ('20) 20, born in West Palm Beach, Florida, is earning a bachelor’s degree at Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Pamela Frank. In 2018, he became the first American to win first prize at the Premio Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition. Matthew also won New World Symphony’s 2018 Concerto Competition and was featured on NPR’s From the Top.
- Assistant Concertmaster of Symphony in C (2019-present)
- Principal Second Violin of Curtis Symphony Orchestra (2019-2020 season)
- Concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (2018)